Along the North route of the Santiago's walk, there is the oldest transporter bridge in the world, the Puente Colgante Vizkaya. The term, almost immediately coined by the locals, literally means "Suspension Bridge", even if it is not in reality.
The bridge connects the cities of Portugalete e Las Arenas in the Spanish province of Biscay. It was built in 1893, designed by A. Palacio, a disciple of Gustave Eiffeil.
The bridge is 164 meters long and is still functioning. At its ends, there are two elevators, which allow tourists to walk along the platform and admire the splendid panorama of the Bay of Bilbao Abra. Really beautiful and impressive. To access it is necessary to purchase the ticket. The bridge, in fact, is part of the Creditrands integrated circuit in Bilbao. Rates vary according to time:
- ORDINARY SERVING (from 05: 00 to 22: 00): 0,40 € per person.
- PROLONGADO SERVICIO (from 22: 00 to 24: 00): 0,65 € per person.
- ESPECIAL SERVICIO (from 24: 00 to 5: 00): 1,65 € per person.
From the 2006, the Puente Colgante Vizkaya has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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